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Virginia hangs on to beat NC State in overtime

NC State’s Keatts on loss to Virginia: ‘It’s a thin line between winning and losing’

NC State coach Kevin Keatts talks about the Wolfpack's loss to the Virginia Cavaliers at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
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NC State coach Kevin Keatts talks about the Wolfpack's loss to the Virginia Cavaliers at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

N.C. State is making a habit out of comebacks and close calls.

On Tuesday night against No. 3 Virginia, the Wolfpack couldn’t quite pull off its second straight nailbiter.

Kyle Guy’s late stepback 3-pointer lifted the Cavaliers to a 66-65 overtime win over No. 23 N.C. State.

The Wolfpack, coming off of a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Clemson on Saturday, erased a 14-point deficit in the second half.

Markell Johnson’s free throws with 29.7 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 55. He had a chance to force a second overtime but missed one of three free throws with 0.9 seconds left in overtime with N.C. State down 66-63.

Ty Jerome had a chance to win the game in regulation for Virginia but missed a baseline runner. Johnson grabbed the miss and the game went into the extra period.

The teams traded baskets and free throws in overtime until Guy made a difficult, contested shot from the corner in front of Virginia’s bench for the 64-61 lead at 1:59 in overtime.

For most of the night, it was Virginia’s kind of pace and Virginia’s kind of grind-it-out game. De’Andre Hunter led the Wahoos (19-1, 7-1 ACC) with 15 points for their 12th straight regular-season game win over N.C. State (16-5, 4-4).

The Wolfpack hasn’t beaten Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers since the 2013 ACC tournament and has never beaten UVa during the regular-season during Bennett’s 10-year tenure.

N.C. State is one of the fastest teams in the ACC and wants to play up-tempo. Virginia wasn’t having any of it.

During the second half of NC State's overtime loss to Virginia, game play was stopped and coach Kevin Keatts got on the mic to implore fans to not throw items onto the floor.

The Cavaliers dominated the first 10 minutes but only led by four, 27-23 at the half.

Jerome helped Virginia stretch its lead out to 42-28, at 12:13 in the second half, before the Wolfpack was able to put a dent into it.

Torin Dorn made a reverse layup at 2:31 to cut Virginia’s lead to 53-50 and then used a turnover by Jerome to set up a transition basket and make it 53-52.

Wyatt Walker went to the foul line for N.C. State with 1:29 left and made one of two free throws to tie the game at 53.

Second-year N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts now has 4-2 record against the AP top-10 teams with both losses to Virginia.

Joe Giglio covers N.C. State and has worked at The N&O since 1995. He has regularly reported on the ACC since 2005.


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